“Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.” –Mike Ditka
Iron Mike embodied the blue-collar attitude, the show up and grind and do your job no matter what attitude. From his success on the field, to being an iconic coach and SNL skit the externalities mattered little whereas doing the details and demanding your own best consistently did.
And that is how you become bigger than the game you play.